BC to pay for and build new Pattullo Bridge in Metro Vancouver

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – The British Columbia government has taken on the $1.37 billion cost of replacing a major commuter crossing in Metro Vancouver, relieving some financial pressure on the transit authority.The provincial government will fund a new Pattullo Bridge spanning the Fraser River between Surrey and New Westminster. The four-lane bridge was the top priority for a council of mayors that deals with transit and transportation issues on the Lower Mainland.The original bridge opened in 1937 and was expected to have a lifespan of 50 years. Premier John Horgan said it is “well past its best-before date.”The announcement also has deeper political implications and signals a better working relationship between the provincial government and the council.“This is not just a bridge across the river, it’s a bridge between governments,” Horgan told a news conference at the aging bridge on Friday. “For too long the provincial government pointed at municipalities and blamed them for a lack of progress.”Translink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, shares responsibility for the major roads network and bridges with local municipalities, in addition to operating buses and trains.The mayors council launched a campaign before last May’s provincial election aimed at getting more provincial government spending on transportation.At the time, Ottawa and the former B.C. Liberal government pledged $4.4 billion for transit improvements, but Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said that wasn’t enough to fund a 10-year plan supported by the mayors.A 2016 report on the condition of the Pattullo Bridge said it must be replaced or closed by 2023. The report said the bridge might not be able to withstand an earthquake or even a powerful wind storm.Construction on the new bridge is expected to start by 2019, with traffic flowing by 2023.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the new bridge will ensure public safety and make it easier to connect between Surrey and New Westminster.Andy Yan, director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, called the bridge a strategic investment on the part of the NDP government.“Understand that with Surrey growing by 800 people per month in the last five years, it’s knowing that a pool of voters that are particularly engaged in this piece of infrastructure. It helped shape this funding,” he said.The New Democrats won six of the nine ridings in Surrey in last spring’s election, and the party has held the riding on the other side of the bridge in New Westminster for most of the last 50 years.Yan said the decision also makes good sense for Metro Vancouver’s regionally integrated economy.“We’re not talking about these isolated suburbs anymore,” he said. “It’s not only just a connection between New Westminster and Surrey.”Mayor Richard Walton of the District of North Vancouver said the council was pleased with the bridge announcement.“Any time we manage to find a way of upgrading or replacing one of our existing core assets, it’s a good day for all of us and in many ways a symbol for all of the bridges we need to build in order to keep moving forward.”Walton said he hopes the provincial government and Translink can apply co-ordinated approaches to other infrastructure needs.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the announcement of the new bridge is good news for commuters, but the lack of federal government support for the project is a telling sign about the state of affairs between the provincial government and Ottawa.“There is no regional or federal buy-in for this bridge and it sets a very expensive precedent for large-scale projects,” Wilkinson said in a statement.last_img read more

Bank of Canada head underlines potential of Quebec child care for entire

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The head of the Bank of Canada is pointing to Quebec’s child-care policies as possible tools to boost the entire Canadian economy, thanks to their potential to unlock the greatest untapped resource in the labour force: women.Bank governor Stephen Poloz dedicated part of a speech Tuesday in Kingston, Ont., to spotlight Quebec’s affordable child-care model as well as its extended parental-leave provisions.He showed he’s put some thought into the possible benefits of a comparable pan-Canadian approach.Poloz credited the province’s subsidized programs for raising prime-age female workforce participation to about 87 per cent, up from 74 per cent 20 years ago. In comparison, he said about 83 per cent of prime-age women participate in the national workforce.“The provincial government identified barriers that were keeping women out of the workforce and they acted to reduce them,” Poloz said in his address at Queen’s University.“If we could simply bring the participation rate of prime-age women in the rest of Canada up to the level that they have in Quebec, that would add almost 300,000 people to our country’s workforce.”Poloz added that the central bank has no role in implementing specific policies designed to break down labour-force obstacles. Governments, not the bank, are responsible for such policies.He noted the federal government’s budget last month made commitments aimed at increasing the labour-force participation of women.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget announced an option that will give new parents the ability to share either five or eight additional weeks of leave following the birth of a child, provided they also share the job of caring for the baby. The measure is expected to cost $1.2 billion over five years.However, some economists and critics have said while the budget moved in the right direction when it comes to raising female labour-force participation, its failure to announce steps towards national affordable child care likely means a significant number of women will remain out of the workforce.The Liberal government made promises in previous budgets to spend $7.5 billion over 11 years to help ease the burden of child-care costs. Part of the goal of the funding was to create 40,000 new, subsidized daycare spaces countrywide over three years.But child-care advocates have said it’s not enough. Before the budget, they asked Ottawa to raise its spending to $1 billion annually to match what the Paul Martin Liberals promised more than 10 years ago.In his address, Poloz pointed to other under-represented demographic groups that could help the economy. He said encouraging more of these people into the workforce would enable Canada to permanently raise its growth capacity without generating higher inflation.Combined with women, he said assisting more young people, Indigenous peoples, recent immigrants and Canadians living with disabilities to enter the job market could help the labour force expand by half a million people. By his estimate, that kind of workforce injection could raise the country’s output by $30 billion per year or 1.5 per cent.“That’s equal to a permanent increase in output of almost $1,000 per Canadian every year, and that’s even before you factor in the possible investment and productivity gains that would come with such an increase in labour supply,” he said.“Clearly, that’s a prize worth pursuing.”When it comes to the potential of Quebec-style child care, a 2012 academic study on the provincial system estimated it had allowed 70,000 more mothers with children under the age of 14 to hold jobs in 2008 than would have otherwise been the case. The estimated four-per-cent increase in the province’s female labour force gave the provincial economy a 1.7 per cent boost.Internal federal analyses, previously obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law, have suggested a similar effect could be had nationally, particularly during a period of strong economic growth that would increase labour demand.New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh weighed in on Poloz’s remarks.“The cost of child care traps many parents in a financial straitjacket,” Singh said in a statement Tuesday to The Canadian Press. “Parents are forced to choose between giving up a source of income or paying as much as $2,000 a month for child care.”Singh said the government has chosen a “timid” approach that is not universal, fails to lower costs significantly and delays funding ten years down the line.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with a file from Jordan Presslast_img read more

Schoolchildren officials gather at UN ceremony to pay tribute to Kenyan peacekeepers

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

Among those attending were 400 Kenyan troops due to embark on peacekeeping duties in Southern Sudan. Held at the Department of Defence Headquarters in Nairobi, the event also included the participation of students from 14 Nairobi-area schools to salute these troops by preparing for them Messages of Peace for the holiday season.Just over 2,000 cards and letters were presented by the students to Chief of the General Staff, General Jeremiah Mutinda Kianga, at the ceremony.Eric Falt, the Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Nairobi, which organized the event, underlined Kenya’s importance to UN peacekeeping and promised an even larger contingent of students and messages the following year when the initiative will be extended across the country, affording all Kenyan schoolchildren the opportunity to show their appreciation to Kenyan peacekeepers.Calling this “the first time anyone in Kenya had thanked soldiers for their sacrifices on behalf of peace,” General Kianga thanked both the assembled children and the UN for remembering the troops serving in dangerous missions. read more

UNICEF launches appeal for 805 million for emergency relief

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today appealed to donors for more than $805 million to finance its emergency relief operations in 29 countries in crisis where youngsters are at risk of succumbing to violence, disease and malnutrition.“Many of the disasters which occurred during this past year have highlighted once again the importance of emergency preparedness for rapid response,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman in the foreword to the agency’s annual Humanitarian Action Report.“The immediate availability of basic humanitarian supplies and the ability to dispatch them rapidly to populations in affected areas can save many lives in emergencies.”Of the 29 countries mentioned in the report, Sudan will receive more than $331 million, which at one third of the total is the largest amount of support.Dan Toole, Director of the agency’s Office of Emergency Programmes, said today in Geneva that the Sudan is the best example of where humanitarian aid can be used to ensure long-term stability in a country emerging from conflict. Sudan suffered more than two decades of civil war before a peace agreement was signed last year.“Responding swiftly and effectively to crises is an essential part of meeting long-term development goals,” said Mr. Toole. “In many of these countries, children live in an almost constant state of emergency because they are growing up in extreme poverty, without access to education or the most basic health services.”The report also reminds donors about emergencies which have been largely “forgotten.” Haiti, for example, is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere with 3 million children who are affected by ongoing political instability. Violence, especially in the slums of the capital city Port-Au-Prince, has led to the closure of schools and health facilities. UNICEF needs nearly $6 million to continue and expand humanitarian activities in Haiti.Emergency relief funds will help UNICEF continue its efforts to improve access to education, treat children suffering from malnutrition, establish safe drinking water supplies and sanitation facilities, protect tens of millions of children against measles and malaria and assist in the demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers, among other essential programmes. read more

People whove already started application process granted extra time to enrol for

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

This March 25, 2014, photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick) People who’ve already started application process granted extra time to enrol for health care AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrolment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.“We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrolment, either online or over the phone,” Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said.The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job. The HealthCare.gov website got more that 1 million visitors Monday, and the administration also wants to prevent a repeat of website problems that soured consumers last fall.Officials said the grace period will be available to people on the honour system, meaning applicants will have to attest that special circumstances or complex cases prevented them from finishing by March 31.It’s unclear how long the extension will last. Some have urged the administration to allow until April 15, the tax filing deadline. People who are due refunds may be willing to put some of that money toward health care premiums.The latest tweak to the health care rollout is certain to infuriate Republican critics of President Barack Obama’s signature law. It follows delays of the law’s requirements that medium-sized to large employers provide coverage or face fines. The GOP is making repeal of the health care law its rallying cry in the fall congressional elections.The White House had signalled last week that a grace period of some sort was in the works. Spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that people in line by the deadline would be able to complete their applications. Administration officials argue that’s not extending the deadline. They compare it to the Election Day practice of allowing people to vote if they are in line when the polls close.The decision to grant extra time was first reported late Tuesday by The Washington Post.The administration’s decision affects the 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead on sign-ups. The 14 states running their own websites are likely to follow, since some had been pressing for an extension on account of their own technical problems.Brian Haile, senior vice-president for health policy at the Jackson Hewitt tax preparation firm, welcomed the move.“The disbursement of tax refunds appears to be making a substantial difference in the willingness and ability of uninsured Americans to sign up for … coverage,” Haile said.Jackson Hewitt projects the administration can meet the goal of 6 million only if it allows people to keep signing up through April 15.Enrolment has already crossed the 5 million mark. by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 7:55 pm MDT read more

Chuck Todd debuts with Obama interview as NBC tries to steady Meet

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 7, 2014 8:55 am MDT Chuck Todd debuts with Obama interview as NBC tries to steady ‘Meet the Press’ ship NEW YORK, N.Y. – Chuck Todd is making his debut as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with NBC hoping to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings.Todd opened his first show on Sunday by paying tribute to four of his 11 predecessors, including David Gregory, who was let go by NBC last month due to the ratings struggles.He said the show will be making some changes, likening it to remodeling a house while still living in it.But he moved quickly to an interview with President Obama, the biggest “get” possible for one of the Washington-based chat shows. read more

Conor OShea Australia have a soft underbelly for Ireland to expose

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_imgIF ANYONE IS well positioned to predict the impact Joe Schmidt is going to have for Ireland over the coming season, it’s Conor O’Shea.The Harlequins Director of Rugby and RTÉ analyst is a man who plans ahead, understands the workings of professional rugby squads and has enjoyed successes of his own with an attacking philosophy.O’Shea told TheScore.ie that the Irish set-up needed a shake-up this season and he feels that Schmidt is the perfect man to provide it.“He’ll bring freshness. A change is as good as a rest. I think he’s just so affable and knowledgeable when you talk to him. He’s very friendly with the conversations you have, and although he’s an honest man, he’ll never talk in any confrontational way, just a matter-of-fact way.“You can’t argue with a lot of what he says. Even his post-match analysis is spot on straight after the games. I don’t think there’ll be anything less than energy and work ethic and thirst to get better, that’s what Joe brings. That will rub off on players.”Looking back on Ireland’s victory over Samoa, O’Shea points out that it was Schmidt himself who summed up the defensive deficiencies that need to be shored up ahead of the clash with Australia on Saturday. While O’Shea rejects the notion that the current Wallabies pack is lacking a tough edge, he admits that Ireland can come out on top of the set piece battle.“No, it’s not fair that they’re soft. You couldn’t accuse that Australian pack of being soft. The likes of Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen, they’re not soft, they’re good rugby players. Take your pick, if it’s Benn Robinson or Ben Alexander, these guys are good rugby players. “Australia scored 50 points last week. That test match a couple of weeks ago against the All Blacks [when the Wallabies lost 41-33] was just sensational to watch. So that’s the main thing from an Irish point of view, to make sure defensively that they get those things right, that their defensive line is better, that they don’t give away as many opportunities this weekend as against Samoa.”There is a real sense that this Australian team is beatable, that Ireland should approach this game with confidence. Ewen McKenzie’s side have struggled for consistency and have looked lacking in mental strength at times over the last year or so.While he warns against complacency, O’Shea is confident about Ireland’s chances.“This is an Australian team that’s been together a long time. On the flip side, this is an Australian side that – regardless of what they say – cannot be as confident or mentally strong as other Australian sides have been. Just look at their record this year.O’Shea is enjoying his role as Director of Rugby at Harlequins. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland.“Ireland in naming their team will be much stronger. Cian Healy, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll has another game under his belt, Jonny Sexton back into the side, Sean O’Brien from the start.“There’s a really good, strong spine and core to this Irish time. There’s the natural energy that a new coach brings and if the scores are tight, Ireland believe they can win. I have no doubt about that. Do Australia, deep down, have that belief?”Australia have a wide array of attacking talent in their back-line, but it is up front where the worries have persisted for McKenzie. His pack looks to be lacking in ball carriers, while the scrum got a battering from England in the 20-13 defeat two weekends ago. Joe said it straight after the game, didn’t he? If we allow them [Australia] to have as much ball and get as many line-breaks as Samoa did, they will score. Yes, we held Samoa tryless and there was a great attitude when the line got broken to get back and defend. That’s brilliant, but this is a different level we’re playing at. But, where will Ireland be able to squeeze them? It’ll be at the scrum. Australia survive in the scrum but they can’t dominate it. Jack McGrath, what a great debut he had. Cian Healy, the size of prop who are now under the new scrummaging laws, they suit Cian Healy.“It’s definitely the area where they are weaker, it’s the area the Lions got them in, the area that England exposed. That must be a real affront to the Australian pack and they’ll come out really fired up to prove people wrong, but it’s the soft underbelly of this Australian team.”If Ireland can ruthlessly expose that weak point, O’Shea is confident for their chances of success. The 42-year-old is also of the belief that Schmidt can bring about vast improvement in Ireland’s performances long-term.“We’ve got the usual soundbites saying everyone holds him in high regard. That’s what players will do, but I think they genuinely do. If you enjoy your environment and you enjoy what you’re about, you enjoy how you’re trying to play; well half the battle is enjoying playing.“That’s what you want to see, an enthusiastic and ambitious Irish team. That will be good enough for me.”The Guinness Plus App is giving rugby fans the opportunity to present the Man of the Match Award at next weekend’s game against world champions, New Zealand. For a chance to win, simply download the Guinness Plus App and ‘check-in’ to your local participating pub before 11.59pm on Saturday 16 November. Click here for more details.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ireland’s high standards mean winning against Australia is a necessitylast_img read more

Carte didentité  bientôt biométrique 

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgCarte d’identité : bientôt biométrique ?Mercredi, la commission des lois du Sénat a voté à l’unanimité le texte visant à rendre la carte d’identité biométrique pour en renforcer la sécurité. La carte d’identité française pourrait bientôt devenir biométrique. Selon Les Echos, le projet voté à l’unanimité par la commission des lois du Sénat devrait être discuté par le Sénat le 27 avril puis sera proposé à l’Assemblée nationale. Dans le cas où le texte serait adopté, la nouvelle carte d’identité sera supplémentée d’une puce contenant un ensemble de renseignements sur son détenteur. La loi prévoit notamment de renseigner nom, domicile et date de naissance de l’individu mais aussi des informations physiques telles que sa taille ou sa couleur de cheveux. À lire aussiInnovation : le bruit de nos oreilles, un antivol personnel pour lecteur MP3L’objectif d’une telle réforme est d’améliorer la sécurité des cartes d’identités actuelles. François Pillet, sénateur du Cher et rapporteur du texte, révèle, dans une déclaration rapportée par Les Echos, qu’en 2009, 13.900 cas de fraude sur des documents et d’usurpation d’identité ont été enregistrés en France. Selon lui, les données biométriques devraient éviter d’être confronté à ce genre de situations en confirmant l’appartenance du porteur de la carte.Le projet de loi ne passera toutefois pas sans difficultés. Les opposants ont déjà créé la polémique sur l’utilisation des données numériques à d’autres fins que l’identification du détenteur de la carte. En effet, même si le texte prévoit actuellement de cadrer le traitement des données, ses opposants affirment que le gouvernement pourrait être tenté de passer des amendements pour utiliser le fichier dans d’autres circonstances. Le 15 avril 2011 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Yves Saint Laurent lance un sac écologique et éthique

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NASA Telescope Captures Stunning Sight of 2018s Brightest Comet

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorScientists Find Tiny Fragment of Comet Inside a Meteorite Stay on target Christmas came early this year as the comet 46P/Wirtanen tore across the sky last week.Don’t worry if you missed it: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope snapped some stunning photos of the icy phenomenon as it passed 7.4 million miles from Earth on Dec. 13.A visible-light image (above) highlights the comet’s nucleus—albeit hidden in the center of a fuzzy glow, known as the coma.When a comet passes close to the Sun, it warms up and releases gases, which produce a visible atmosphere, or coma, and sometimes a tail.This month’s close flyby of 46P/Wirtanen allowed astronomers a rare glimpse as the inner part of a comet’s coma.Scientists took advantage of the situation, combining data from Hubble, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory to study how gases are released from the nucleus, what the comet’s ices are comprised of, and how gas in the coma is chemically altered by sunlight and solar radiation.Sadly, the comet is not actually a brilliant shade of blue: The color was applied to a high-resolution grayscale exposure, acquired from the Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument.SOFIA took this image of comet 46P/Wirtanen on Dec. 16 and 17, 2018 (via NASA/SOFIA)NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), meanwhile, captured a picture of the comet on Dec. 16 and 17, while the aircraft was flying at 40,000 feet.A joint project of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), SOFIA observes celestial magnetic fields, star-forming regions, comets, nebulae, and the galactic center.This image was taken with the telescope’s visible-light guide camera, using an orange filter to indicate the intensity of light. SOFIA’s observations using infrared light to study the comet’s water are now under analysis.Dubbed the “Christmas comet,” 46P/Wirtanen—of the Jupiter family of comets—is bright enough to see with the naked eye above the eastern horizon all month.You can get an even better view with a telescope or binoculars; backyard observers can find the comet near the constellation Taurus.More on Geek.com:Interstellar Interloper ‘Oumuamua Probably Smaller Than ExpectedAstronomers Catch Young Star in Rare Growth SpurtSaturn’s Rings May Disappear Within 100M Yearslast_img read more

Triple H on ring return: “My body exploded when I landed”

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img Dave Bautista Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Triple H Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Twitter Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Nick Schwartz of USA Today is featuring an interview with Paul “Triple H” Levesque where he talks about starting to get back in the ring in preparation for his match with Sting at WrestleMania 31 this Sunday in Santa Clara.“I got in the ring for the first time the other day and fell down for the first time and it felt like my body exploded when I landed. It takes a little bit. You can train, but its one of those things where ‘experts’ of our business that have never done it will say ‘oh if they gave guys time off it would be better for them’ or whatever, but it’s honestly, having done this for 20 plus years — time off is your worst enemy. It really is, it makes it so much harder to do this.”USA Today: Triple H on getting back in the ring for the first time: ‘It felt like my body exploded’Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:40/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest 20 episodes of WCW Saturday Night from January to May 1993 added to the WWE Network Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 7/14 Total Divas, number goes up

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Google+ Now Playing Up Next Last night’s 7/14 episode of Total Divas on E! did 1.03 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s Season 4 premiere episode that did 975,000 viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Pinterest Harley Race remembers Vader, E Network touts continued success of “Total Bellas” Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Millie Bobby Brown lands new Netflix movie deal with sister Monday Night Raw nominated for TV Show of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Videos Articles Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next Disney+ Axes ‘Muppets’ series Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 rachel bloomlast_img read more

County budget proposal draws comments

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first_imgDuring a Clark County council hearing Monday, Treasurer Doug Lasher and Auditor Greg Kimsey expressed overall support for the proposed 2017-2018 county budget, praising it for maintaining services. But Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins used the hearing to reiterate his concern that the proposed budget continues what he characterized as the “chronic underfunding” of law enforcement in Clark County.Over the last two days, Clark County council has received input from elected officials and the public as well as new figures from staff on the nearly finalized budget, a sprawling document proposed by the county manager that will determine how $321 million is spent over the two-year period.The public also had the opportunity to weigh in Tuesday night, which revealed concerns over funding to public health as well as services for veterans and disabled individuals.The council is expected to vote on whether to approve the budget today.Managing growthDeputy County Manager Bob Stevens told The Columbian that unlike the 2009-2010 budget, which contained many cuts as a result of the recession, the proposed budget contains no “cuts” to any county services.“What we’re really having is an argument about growth,” he said.The most recent figures from the county auditor’s office show almost every function of Clark County receiving an increase from the $295 million adopted budget for 2015-2016. The largest increase would go to law and justice functions provided by the sheriff and prosecuting attorney. The budget would increase funding for law and justice to $204 million from the $191 million budgeted to it in 2015-2016.last_img read more

Bahamas Supreme Court Denies Baha Mars Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Recognition Petition

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first_img Recommended for you Baha Mar liquidators dismiss over 2,000 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJuly 22, 2015 (NASSAU, The Bahamas) – We welcome today’s decision by The Bahamas Supreme Court to deny Baha Mar’s application for recognition of its American Chapter 11 Bankruptcy of June 29, 2015.In doing so, the Supreme Court vindicated the Government’s position, indicating it will provide the detailed reasoning for its ruling within 14 days.Our Government has argued firmly that a Bahamian Court, supervising the work of an independent liquidator, is best suited to oversee the restructuring, completion and opening of the resort should Baha Mar, China Construction and Exim Bank be unable to reach an out of court agreement.Our objectives continue to be the prompt completion and successful opening of the Baha Mar project. We are confident today’s decision will encourage all parties to focus on these goals. It is a matter of the greatest national importance for the resort to open as soon as possible, under private ownership and operation.In that spirit, we endorsed yesterday Baha Mar, China Construction and Exim Bank’s continued efforts to secure an out of court agreement to complete and open the resort. The best way to guarantee the jobs of Baha Mar employees is to achieve a timely negotiated agreement, and we urge all parties to do so.Until such time, however, we must continue to protect all Bahamians’ interests.The Supreme Court’s decision sets the stage for a provisional liquidator to be appointed by the Court on July 31, 2015, should no agreement be reached between the parties. The provisional liquidator would be lawfully bound to have regard to the best interests of the Bahamian people, Baha Mar employees, Bahamian contractors, creditors, and investors in Baha Mar.In the meantime, we encourage all parties to continue negotiations to secure an agreement on the completion and opening of Baha Mar. Along with Exim Bank, we are keen observers of the negotiations now underway between Baha Mar and China Construction.Should Baha Mar and China Construction agree, they will then negotiate with Exim Bank the financial terms required to support their agreement. The Government of The Bahamas will also be an observer in these negotiations.Once financial terms are agreed, we anticipate that all-party talks – in which our Government will be an active participant – can reconvene, leading to the resumption, completion and opening of the Baha Mar development. This is our sole intention. Big time Customs Officer fined and fired for theft Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Statement On Baha Mar By The Bahamas Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs Related Items:baha mar, bankruptcy, china construction, exim bank, supreme courtlast_img read more

Speaker unveils photo exhibition in Vijayawada

Posted On Sep 6 2019 by

first_imgVijayawada: Assembly Speaker Tammineni Seetaram on Sunday said that photography is a combination of symbol, message and emotion. He participated as chief guest at the AP Photography Day celebrations, jointly organised by the Andhra Pradesh State Creativity and Culture Association, AP Photography Academy and Indian International Council. The Speaker inaugurated the programme by unveiling the photo exhibition at the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA). Speaking on the occasion, he said that he used to carry a camera regularly during his college days, but after entering into politics camera came in front of him. He also said that photography is a powerful media and it can vibrate the heart of anyone. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us AP Cultural Council CEO A Lakshmi Kumari, Photography Academy state secretary T Srinivasa Reddy also spoke. The Speaker distributed national awards to the best photographers. Padmasri Anoopsha has been honoured with lifetime achievement award who captured Everest by climbing it. MLA Gadde Rammohan, Photography Academy president M Venkateswara Rao, Cultural centre CEO E Sivanagi Reddy, Andhra Academy Secretary Golla Narayana Rao, photographers from across the country were present.last_img read more

Pence breaks tie to confirm DeVos as education secretary

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgThe president has strongly criticized Democrats for opposing his cabinet nominations, tweeting that they should be “ashamed of themselves” for obstructing the process.One nominee that Democrats have pushed back sharply against is one of the Senate’s own, US attorney general nominee Senator Jeff Sessions, an early Trump backer during the presidential campaign.Sessions endured a contentious hearing, during which Democrats questioned his civil rights record and his opposition to immigration.His colleagues voted to advance his nomination, setting up a confirmation vote for this week.DeVos is less well known than Sessions. But she is a fixture in the education world, having served on the boards of non-profit groups that support school choice.“Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist—whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious or any combination thereof,” she said at her confirmation hearing.Until her nomination, she chaired the American Federation for Children, a DeVos family umbrella organization that supports advancement of school choice outside of Michigan.“Our work in Michigan was so successful that some of our friends in the movement began to say, ‘We really need to do this nationally,’” DeVos said in a 2013 interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable.“And I said, ‘Yes, I think we do.” Dick DeVos © watches as his wife, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (L), shakes the hand of US Vice President Mike Pence after taking the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump’s administration claimed a victory over Democrats Tuesday with the US Senate’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, after Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote.The chamber deadlocked at 50-50, with two Republicans breaking ranks to oppose Trump’s hotly contested nominee, a billionaire who champions using taxpayer monies to help fund privately run schools.Pence was needed to break the tie, the first time a sitting vice president has ever cast a deciding vote for a cabinet pick.The White House applauded the confirmation, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying DeVos “will ensure that every student has access to a good school, whether it’s public, private or charter.”But Pence trooping up to the Capitol to salvage DeVos’s nomination was lousy optics for the administration as Trump struggles to get his cabinet in place.Just five of 15 cabinet members have now been confirmed, in addition to the cabinet-rank positions of CIA director and US ambassador to the United Nations.By the same time in 2008, all but three members of president Barack Obama’s cabinet were in place.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats for slow-walking nominees, saying they ought to “get over the election (and) let this administration get up and get running.”McConnell has placed the nominations for attorney general, health secretary and head of US Treasury on the calendar.“All should be confirmed this week,” he said.Contentious pickDeVos, the 59-year-old political scion from Michigan, had triggered an outpouring of frustration and anger late last year, as critics blasted Trump’s education pick as someone who had never attended public schools or worked in the public school system.Two moderate Republicans, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, bucked Trump and opposed his choice, citing DeVos’s lack of qualifications for the post that oversees thousands of schools, millions of students and curriculum standards.Democrats were unable to convince another Republican to defect, despite intense lobbying that culminated with an all-night Democratic talk-a-thon late Monday into Tuesday on the Senate floor.“I thought we had some chance,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer. “We realized even if we didn’t, to make the point that DeVos was so anti-public education was an important point to make.”Several Democrats highlighted lingering questions about DeVos’s financial entanglements and her apparent lack of understanding about basic education issues.Supporters praise the politically-connected businesswoman and philanthropist as a fierce advocate of school choice, a US movement that seeks to use tax credits and vouchers to allow parents to opt out of the public school system in favor of privately managed charter schools for their children.‘Local control’Republican Senator Rob Portman said DeVos would not rule with a heavy hand from Washington.“She strongly supports local control of education and has pledged not to impose her own views on states and local school districts, but rather to allow them—along with parents—to make the decisions that best fit the needs of their children,” Portman said.last_img read more

Texas Governor Condemns Slaying Of San Antonio Officer

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share CREDIT JOEY PALACIOS / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOPolice have identified 20-year veteran Det. Benjamin Marconi as the officer fatally shot by a gunman Sunday.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the fatal shooting of a San Antonio police officer a “horrific act of violence.”In a statement Sunday, Abbott asked Texans to pray for the officer’s loved ones. He says “attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice.”Police say that the officer was fatally shot while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters. Police Chief William McManus said the suspect is not known and has not yet been apprehended. A motive is not known.McManus said the officer had pulled over a vehicle and while he was inside his squad car writing a ticket, a vehicle pulled up behind him. He says the driver of that vehicle then walked up to the officer’s driver-side window and opened fire.The officer, a 20-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at a hospital.Read more: 1 Police Officer Killed, 3 Officers Injured In Separate Shootings Sundaylast_img read more

Is Huawei Customer Service Good 2019 Rating

Posted On Aug 29 2019 by

first_imgWhen it comes to laptops, 2018 was Huawei’s year. Last May saw the release of the company’s Matebook X Pro, one of our favorite devices of the year, and the 2019 edition is even better. If you’re looking to buy a high-end laptop, however, you’ll want to make sure its customer service is up to snuff. Web and Social Support  (38/60)I began my tech support journey on Twitter. Huawei has several Twitter accounts, and I wasn’t sure which I was supposed to hit up, but @HuaweiDeviceUSA seemed to be the only one replying to queries. I shot a question to that account on a Tuesday at 12:43 p.m., under a pseudonym. The account responded an hour and 23 minutes later telling me to DM them. I sent a DM at 10 a.m. the next day repeating my question, but never got a response. I sent a follow-up DM a few hours later re-iterating that they’d asked me to DM them. Still no dice.AdvertisementI had a slightly better experience using Facebook. Huawei has a number of Facebook pages, none of which are dedicated specifically to support. At 1:48 p.m. on a Tuesday, I messaged Huawei Mobile, which Facebook said typically replies “within a few hours,” and Huawei Technologies scheduled to respond “within a day.” I asked both of them how I can replace passwords with the fingerprint reader on the Matebook. (Since our Matebook D model doesn’t have a fingerprint reader, I used a Matebook 13 to confirm this one).Huawei Mobile responded at 2:42 p.m. informing me that while the fingerprint reader could unlock the Matebook, passwords would always need to exist on the device as a backup method. This was a true statement, but didn’t answer what I think was the clear intent of my question. I responded at 2:51 p.m. rephrasing my question as “How do I make it so that I can use the fingerprint reader instead of a password to sign into my computer?” Huawei Mobile replied at 3:43 p.m. with two methods, one using the Settings cog, and one using PC Manager. The latter method was the correct way to activate the fingerprint sensor; the former was incorrect, as you can’t activate the fingerprint sensor through PC Manager.Meanwhile, Huawei Technologies responded at 2:38 a.m. the next morning, suggesting that I contact their customer support. RIP.You can email Huawei through a contact form on its support website. I filled out this form at 2:14 p.m. on Tuesday, asking how to stop my computer from going to sleep, how to disable the webcam and how to update its drivers. Almost 11 hours later, at 12:41 p.m. the next day, the company sent correct instructions for disabling Sleep Mode.But the company’s instructions for disabling the webcam were incorrect: It sent me steps to stop the webcam from turning on automatically when the computer turns on, which wasn’t what I’d asked for. In response to the question about drivers, Huawei sent a download link for a zip file of the necessary drivers, including complicated instructions for their installation. This wasn’t technically wrong, but I could more easily have updated my drivers directly from PC Manager.MORE: Best Huawei Laptop: Which MateBook Is Right For You?If you want a quicker online solution, the best option is chatting with an agent, which you can do from Huawei’s support website. I did this around 3 p.m. on a Wednesday. After entering my name and an email, I was connected with a representative, Lewis, immediately.The process was less speedy from there. I asked Lewis how to run a hardware check on my Matebook D. Six minutes later, Lewis asked for the serial number. I provided it, and he took 10 minutes to run it. During this time, he engaged me in a nice chat about the weather in New York. At 3:20, Lewis told me I could use the PC Manager, which is correct. Unfortunately, when I asked how to access PC Manager, he sent me a download link. This was unnecessary; PC Manager was already installed on my computer, and he’d needed to only direct me to where it was on my dock, or to use the search bar. I was done at 3:28, the chat having taken 25 minutes.The website also has some answers to frequently asked questions, which you can search for. It had answers to only two of my five questions, but the two answers I found were correct.Phone SupportHuawei’s phone support is available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST every day in English and Spanish, and Monday through Friday in French and Mandarin. The call center is in Mexico City, and you can reach it at 888-548-2934. I made a series of calls on a Wednesday.My first call was at 10:37 a.m. An automated voice told me to press 1 to continue in English, and an agent, Martin, picked up after two rings. After providing a (fake) name, phone number and email as requested, I asked how I could stop my computer from going to sleep. After asking me a few clarifying questions, Martin put me on hold for 1 minute and 52 seconds. When he returned, he correctly led me to open up my power options. However, he also said I needed to restart my computer for the changes to take effect. This is incorrect, according to Huawei’s own support website, which says this isn’t necessary. The entire call took me 11 minutes.My next call was at 2:48 p.m. I was greeted after two rings by Grace, who asked for my name, number and email. After providing those, I asked Grace how to perform a hardware check. Grace put me on hold for t2 minutes, then directed me to the PC Manager, which I could find next to the start menu. This was incorrect; the shortcut was next to the clock on my computer. When I told her I couldn’t find the icon next to the start menu, I was put on hold for another 39 seconds. When she got back, she sent me a link to download PC Manager. This was unnecessary; she could have directed me to search for it with the search bar if she wasn’t sure where I could find it. I was off the phone in 9 minutes.My last call at 4:03 p.m. was the worst of them all. After providing my information to David, I asked how to turn off forced updates, and was put on hold for 2 minutes and 54 seconds. David told me to open PC Manager and, when I asked how to do that, he put me on hold for another 30 seconds. When he came back, he instructed me to open the Start menu and select the Settings cog. This is not the correct way to access PC Manager.David then directed me to uncheck a box that would allow my Matebook to automatically download updates over metered data connections. While this is similar-sounding, it is not the same as disabling automatic updates. According to Huawei’s own support site, you need to do this in your local Windows Update properties dialogue by running the command services.msc. I was on the line for 13 minutes.WarrantyHuawei’s PC warranty gets you a year of support from the date of purchase, including your host (the laptop itself), battery and charger, and other electronic accessories. What Huawei will repair, whether it provides new or refurbished parts and whether it pays for shipping are at the company’s discretion.If you have a Matebook 13 or a Matebook X Pro, you’ll get Huawei’s VIP Service Package, which provides free overnight express delivery, a free damaged screen replacement within the first month, and what the company claims is “best-in-class repair time.”Make sure you don’t damage or remove your laptop’s warranty seal or alter or modify your device’s hardware yourself, as those will both void the warranty.Bottom LineIt’s great to see Huawei building out customer support infrastructure for its growing PC lineup. However, while the calls weren’t terribly long, and some were helpful, all of them made at least one incorrect suggestion. Email and Facebook both gave some correct and some incorrect answers, and both were quite slow. The online agent was more accurate with his answers than those I got on the phone but was more than twice as slow, the website was accurate but incomplete, and Twitter did not work at all.Huawei has the bricks in place for a widespread, ambitious customer-service approach. However, it might be better served focusing on a few avenues, and making sure each of those agents know the correct answers to frequently asked questions. 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I grabbed a 14-inch Matebook D (AMD) to see how Huawei’s various support channels perform. While I appreciated the agents’ friendliness and did get some helpful advice, I still saw more errors than I had hoped I would. Laptop Tech Support Showdown! Our 2019 RatingsWhich laptop companies offer the best tech support? We tested top brands such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo to find out.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/huawei-tech-support?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2402:24Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭 last_img read more

Little Theatre Group nails Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgRelated posts:Art City Tour to celebrate half-decade of GAM Cultural Second Oktoberfest migrates to Pedregal Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica Facebook Comments The Little Theatre Group has once again put on a jewel of a play. It helps when it’s written by the all-time-wonderful Tennessee Williams. It also helps when the director is a pro – Ann Antkiw – and when the actors all have professional backgrounds.Performed in the cozy theater space at Verdeza (the new retirement home near Cima Hospital in Escazú), the newly installed risers add better sight lines for front rows, the new lighting is just right for creating ambience and the theater space doesn’t need an extra inch, especially for this marvelous play.Costumes by Pamela Rutledge and Janice Bolt, and set pieces – a terrific old telephone and Victrola, especially – add to the seedy attempt at gentility, and every actor calls to mind the terrible pull of memories.Douglas F. Williamson plays the autobiographical “Tom” (Tennessee Williams’ real name). He speaks directly to the audience and then smoothly incorporates himself into the action. His memories of this stifling home, his love for his sick sister and aversion to his smothering mother lost in the past come through loud and clear.Antoinette van Belle as “Amanda” simply takes over the stage. Van Belle moves fluidly and is utterly delightful despite playing a woman who is a control freak, with dreams that are totally unrealizable. She also adds a kindness to the character not seen in the many Broadway, movie and TV performances of this classic.Silvia Baltodano, at home in Costa Rica after graduating from the British Central School of Speech and Drama, adds new poignancy to the part of Tom’s sister, “Laura,” and her delight in her glass figurines (the glass menagerie) is one of her best moments.And we were blown away by Robert Isenberg’s “Jim, the gentleman caller.” All of us know people who were “somebodies” in high school and who ended up accomplishing little. And yet, Isenberg captures the memories of Jim and his positive thinking that he will prevail in the most heartbreaking of performances. Bravo!For tickets (they’re almost sold out) at Verdeza’s Teatro Montealegre, in Trejos Montealgre, Escazú (1 km west of Walmart), visit: http://www.littletheatregroup.org or call 8858-1446. Show times are: Sunday, Feb. 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m.Or, head down to Jacó – less than a two-hour’s drive from San José on the central Pacific coast – for the show at Teatro Jacó at 8 p.m. on March 7-8, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 9. For reservations, call: 2630-9812, or email: info@teatrojaco.com.In Guanacaste, see the play at Playa Hermosa’s The Embassy Theater at the Hermosa Heights Hotel, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1, and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 2. For reservations, call 2672-0173.last_img read more

Strong quake hits off Indonesia but no tsunami warning

Posted On Aug 18 2019 by

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Sunday afternoon, causing residents to pour into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued.The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.0 undersea quake was centered 93 kilometers (58 miles) south of the East Java province town of Krajan Tambakrejo, at a depth of 59 kilometers (37 miles). Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said on its website that the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami.Residents in parts of East Java felt the quake for up to 6 seconds, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement.Local media reports said the quake was felt strongly in the East Java city of Malang, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the epicenter, where some residents poured into the streets. It also was reportedly felt on the resort island of Bali, which is just east of Java.Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire.” A massive earthquake off Sumatra island in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in Indonesia’s Aceh province.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more